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So close to Paris, with one foot in Champagne and the other in Picardy, is the Aisne department.
Condé-en-Brie has many attractions for tourists.
“A leafy hollow with its gurgling stream” (English trans. of poem by Arthur Rimbaud). The hillside village of Condé-en-Brie is a peaceful haven on the Champagne Tourist Route, just perfect for nature lovers.
Dating from Gallo-Roman times, the village of traditional houses has a population of 600 and is home to a real gem, the “château of Condé, a princely residence”. This listed building belongs to the Pasté de Rochefort family who live in it, maintain it and open it to the public. Throughout the year it is used for receptions, functions and weddings and tourists may also tour the château and its grounds.
Last winter the owners designed a rather unusual audio-guided tour entitled “Once upon a time … the château of Condé”. A fairy called Clarine takes visitors to meet famous people who stayed at the château. Louis I of Condé, Cardinal Richelieu, Servandoni, Olympe de Mancini … politicians, artists, powerful women who all made their mark on French history. The storyline is well put together, there are clear explanations and clever sound effects to transport you back in time.
This new tour, with its ‘have fun and learn’ approach, is ideal for families who can also explore the grounds by taking part in “La chasse au trésor du petit Prince Eugène“ (a treasure hunt).
If you fancy a nice country walk through meadows and vineyards you can choose between two routes both starting at the centre of the village.
Florence TABART – firstname.lastname@example.org – 12/04/2010